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Pew Pew Tactical spotlights the five best tactical shotguns for home defense.  First of all, for almost all individuals, it is my opinion (and the author’s opinion that shotguns are the best self-defense weapon.  Simply put, shotguns are the most effective means of home self-defense, and tactical shotguns are considered to be the best home defense shotgun.  That is why this is a must read article for anyone considering purchasing a shotgun, solely, as a means of home defense.   This article examines what exactly is the tactical shotgun:

There are certainly a few different features that make a shotgun ‘tactical’:

I can fire the widest variety of projectiles from a shotgun. I can engage anything from pests like possums to two-legged varmints, and even creatures as big as bears.
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Most tactical shotguns have a cylinder bore, which is the lack of a choke and encourages a wider spread for CQC.

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And, this article then reviews five shotguns ranging from $1,700 to $300.  So, this guide has shotguns for all budgets.   In no particular order, listed below are the top five shotguns:

If you want one of the longest serving combat shotguns in your corner the Mossberg 590A1 ($520) is for you.
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The Remington 870 gives you 6+1 capacity and an 18.5-inch barrel for maneuverability inside close quarters.  You get a front rifle sight, so I would certainly suggest adding a nice adjustable rear sight.
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The Benelli M3 can function as both a semi-auto shotgun or a pump action shotgun with the twist of a ring.  It easily changes from semi to pump to for handling lighter loads, or less lethal ammunition.
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The Escort Aimguard has a 7+1 capacity and comes with a 20-inch barrel or 5 + 1 with an 18-inch barrel.
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The 930 SPX is topped with an amazing set of sights, sling swivels, 7 +1 capacity and a Picatinny rail for mounting an optic.  Since it’s made by Mossberg you know it’s a quality firearm and backed by an excellent warranty.  The 930 SPX is built like a tank, and the semi-auto action reduces recoil to a pleasant thump.
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The Benelli M3 can function as both a semi-auto shotgun or a pump action shotgun with the twist of a ring.  It easily changes from semi to pump to for handling lighter loads, or less lethal ammunition.

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A great read and as a bonus Pew Pew Tactical’s post also has great general info on making the most out of your shotgun.